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Why is it so many things are scheduled for the same weekend? It’s just so hard to get to all of them. Fall Festival, Charlie Brown, Battle at Byrd , wedding & baby shower. Hats off! to all that planned and worked the Fall Festival, Good Job, so much fun. Charlie Brown was fantastic as usual. Hats Off to the cast, crew and all that worked to make that a No. 1 production again. (more next week). I know the Battle at Byrd must have been great too. I have nothing but praise for all of these events and the people doing the planning and hard work to pull them all together. Last week we lost a wonderful lady Polly Holloway. Polly was always at everything, along with her dear friend Anne Griffith. True supporters of Happening, be it church, schools or community. A special dedication to Polly was in the program book at WBHS’s “You’re A Bootie Bell Chewning Good Man Charlie Brown.” As Carol Webster wrote, “She now has a reserved seat above & is cheering our troop BOO_TEE@msn.com of merry players.” This evening is dedicated to her spirit & love of young people and performing arts.” You’re A Good Woman Polly Holloway” How true to her family & friends our sympathy & prayers. Another Young lady of 99 Louise Hale Bolt will be missed by all that knew and loved her . She too always helped out throughout the years with community activities from David in the band & Pat cheerleading and many other things. To both, job well done here on earth. Congratulations to Nicholas Cramer, 12 year old son of Brian and Margaret Cramer, who live in Indian Trail, NC, has been accepted as a violinist in the Union County Youth Symphony Orchestra. Brian grew up in Vinton and is the son of Fred & Katheryn Cramer. He and Margaret are both engineering graduates from Virginia Tech. Nick has been playing violin for 5 years and is a first class ranked Boy Scout who enjoys playing classic soccer. Nick and 10 year old brother, Joseph, a dedicated gymnast, love to visit their grandparents to fish and hunt and be spoiled. Congratulations to Wayne Jones who just ran in the 10th Annual Los Angeles Thrialton 2009.Oct.4. He has done so for the past 10 years in swimming, biking & running. Wayne has run in Marathons all over the world including Boston 3 times & Tokyo as well. Wayne is a WBHS grad. We are so proud of him. WAY TO GO WAYNE!!! ow when will daddy Billy Join You?????? (This made me tired just typing it) Happy Birthday wishes go out to Ann Brown ( it would have been Bob’s B-Day to 23 years ago) Roger Rector, Janet Wolfe Osborne. Hope all had a great day. Happy wedding anniversary to Kelly and Paula Robtison of Vinton, 17 year on October and many more to come. Another new Baby in town. Little Cassidy Lynn Renee Thompson entered this world Sept. 30, weighing in at only 4lbs 14 oz. Proud Parents are Cindal & Ian Thompson. A baby shower was held Sunday at Thrasher. Those attending were Janet Chewning (Nana) & Donna Reynolds (Grandmas) , Ann Thompson, •See ‘BOOTIE’ - Page 17
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‘Wallflower’ has created anything but... So, by now I’ll bet that every one of you reading this column has heard about the controversial banned book that caused a stir at William Byrd High School. Everywhere from the Roanoke Times to WDBJ and WSLS, larger blogs and even Fox News, this book has brought notoriety to Vinton and specifically to William Byrd High, Dr. Richard Turner, John Davis (the parent with the complaint) and Roanoke County Schools. It has probably been slightly difficult to dig through all the different reports to find out what is true and what isn’t. Here is what we know. -The book in question is titled ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ and it is written by Stephen Chbosky. -The book has been banned by libraries and schools in several states, but was not banned in any way, shape or form by Roanoke County Schools or William Byrd High School until Dr. Turner spoke to Mr. Davis, the books were then removed from the WBHS Library. The book is now being reviewed under the school system’s policy in regards to “challenged material.” -The book was given to a female student by Kathleen Renard, English teacher at William Byrd. Although the school will not name Mrs. Renard as the teacher who distributed the book, Mr. Davis sent an email to Dr. Turner naming Mrs. Renard. Mr. Davis’ email says the book was then circulated among students, including his son until it ended up in Mr. Davis’ hands and that’s when the controversy began. -Mr. Davis sent his complaint via a 2,600 word email to Dr. Turner, principal at Byrd, on the morning of September 29th. [In his email (which can be viewed, by those interested, at this website address http://starcityharbinger.com/2009/10/ 07/wednesday-night-noir-the-wacky-email-that-started-it-all/ [Warning, there is quite a bit of questionable content quoted in the email])] -The story hit the media via the website WorldNewsDaily.com, a website that was referenced in Mr. Davis’ email to Dr. Turner in the early afternoon on Monday, October 5. Everything after October 5 has been a whirlwind for everyone involved. Mr. Davis was speaking to seemingly anyone with a microphone, while Roanoke County Schools was scrambling for a response. Meanwhile, this topic turned into what seemed to be a political debate all over the internet, from blogs to news sites to social media. This story broke after our Monday deadline last week, therefore when you received your Voice with the Wednesday date on it, this situation was a full 24 hours in the open, so we talked to our readers to see what they had to say. Lisa Wilson had this to say; “I think it should be the parents’ choice if they let their children read books not in the school curriculum. It should be the school’s job to take the time and review books before they are put in the library or given on to children. It doesn’t make the teacher a bad person, but it does point out the faults in the public school system when it comes to what our children are being exposed to.” While Jackie Johnson wanted to see the blame elsewhere; “While I agree our students shouldn’t be reading such, I don’t agree that the school has “put ideas in the kids heads” If you want to be exposed to sexual encounters, homosexual acts or the likes there of, turn on your National News. Our government has brain washed our children to believe these things are “ok” and to be accepted as normal. Our first fight should be with Government saying to just accept it!” Carla Weaver wanted to focus more on the parental aspect; “It is our job as parents to instill morals in our children. Not everyone has the same view or outlook on life. These are real life issues that our children deal with, homosexuality? come on, it exists, reading a book is not going to make your child gay, but maybe teach them tolerance of the differences of others.” While some, like William Byrd Student Daniel McCulloch, felt that this was being blown out of proportion “I am a student at William Byrd, and personally, I believe it is ignorant to believe that people now-a-days, can’t accept the fact that the world is changing. It’s really embarrassing to say that people are becoming too sensitive to things of this nature.” Others, like Betty Kelly and Ann Brown didn’t see why this situation ended up in the national media, Kelly said “I had a similar experience over 25 years ago. Talked to the Librarian and the book was removed. Case closed,” while Brown remarked “From what I heard on the news the father had contacted the school. I think it is a shame that the media can’t let the parents and school work it out.”
However, it is the thought that it was Mr. Davis that contacted the media and that was brought up by Donna Payne “Also to Ann who says that the father contacted the school and that the media should leave it alone and let them handle it. The father is the one that contacted the media. This made national headlines yesterday on www.wnd.com If he had been happy with the way the school handled it, I am sure he would not have gone to the media. I wouldn’t be blaming the media for this story. They just have a job to do.” Some people, like Betty Reid, were just tired of the whole thing “This is the silliest thing I’ve read yet. This father must think his son lives in a “bubble.”” When I requested a statement from Dr. Turner, he directed me to the official statement from Roanoke County Schools (http://www.rcs.k12.va.us/ news/current/WBHSwallflowers-100609.shtml), however he did add “the (unnamed) teacher is an outstanding teacher, someone I would want to teach my own children.” What truly, has all this accomplished? We have been told that due to the event surrounding “Wallflower…” WBHS has now stopped a class that was reading “The Scarlet Letter.” How about the student in question, who brought the book home? Will he be ridiculed by his classmates? How’s his relationship with the teacher in question? There are two sides to this argument, obviously and we at the Voice can clearly see each side of the arguments, however, the person who has benefited most from this controversy? Stephen Chbosky, the author of the book. His sales, which were already somewhat strong, have skyrocketed. The book climbed into the top 1,000 on Amazon.com and is in the top 20 in several sub-categories. Do you think this is what Mr. Davis had in mind when he first wrote that letter? Had the media, the Voice included, not gotten a hold of this story how many additional copies do you think would have been sold?
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Margaret and Robbie Robinson would like to wish their grandson Kevin Bowles a happy 18th birthday, today, October 14.
Foundation for Roanoke Valley Grant Received
The Foundation for Roanoke Valley has given a grant from one of its Funds for Music and Arts to the Vinton/Roanoke County Veterans Monument. Please be at the Vinton War Memorial on Monday, October 10, 2009 at 10 A.M. as the Foundation gives the check to the monument committee. We would love to give the Foundation as well as the grant fund recognition for this wonderful gift to help honor our veterans from Vinton and Roanoke County and to receive emphasis on this new art structure to be placed in Vinton. For additional information, please contact Candye Ann Peters at 525-8449 or MaryBeth Layman at 983-0613. Be sure to visit our website for more details
Byrd junior aces National Latin Exam
Tyler Callahan, a junior at William Byrd H.S. has achieved a perfect score on the 2009 National Latin Exam. Only 917 students out of 137,000 who participated in the United States, Austraila, Mozambique, Canada, England, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, Mexico, Bulgaria, China and Guam achieved this distinction. Tyler is the son of Jackie and Tim Callahan, grandson of Virginia Callahan and Orval Cox. Mrs. Debbie Arthur-Williams is his Latin teacher.
Resurface of Olney Road
Final street resurfacing for this fiscal year will be performed on Olney Road beginning the week of 19 or 26 October. Final resurfacing will be done on a section of Olney beginning at Bali Hai Drive, 800 block of Olney, to approximately the 600 block of Olney. Pavement milling will be the first activity performed, followed by hot mix asphalt overlay. The schedule may be impacted by weather. Some delay should be expected between milling completion and start of asphalt overlay. L. H. Sawyer Paving Co., Inc. is the general contractor and Lanford Brothers is the subcontractor performing pavement milling. Street resurfacing should be complete in 3 to 5 days. Motorists are advised to exercise extreme caution in the work area during construction. Residents are requested to park vehicles off the street when posted signs indicate that work will be performed. Vehicles may be towed at owner’s expense if they are not moved and block the progress of work. The Town appreciates in advance, citizen patience and cooperation during street resurfacing. There will be some traffic disruption and inconvenience, but upon completion motorists will experience greatly improved ride quality and safety.
Erin E. DeLauder-Brooks, Pharm.D., MBA firstname.lastname@example.org Q: How do I properly dispose of medication that I no longer need or that is expired? A: The FDA and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy recommend not flushing medication down the toilet unless the label on the medication
W.E. Cundiff honoring service persons
W.E. Cundiff Elementary School will honor those who have served and those who are presently serving with their annual breakfast and music program on Wednesday, November 11, 2009. Breakfast is at 7:00am in the cafeteria at the school. All veterans who are related to a Cundiff student, staff or faculty member are invited to join us for breakfast and the ceremony. The ceremony will be in the gym at 8: 00am. The Marine Colorguard will present the colors. Our special guests, the Wright Kids, will be here to sing our National Anthem and the students of each grade level will honor the veterans with the five songs of the military branches. This year the Cundiff community is collecting things to send to the seventeen men of 1st platoon of Delta Company for Christmas. They are members of the 252nd Combat Arms Battallion, 30th Heavy Brigade who are stationed in Baghdad, Iraq. If you would like to contribute to the boxes being sent please see the list below and bring items to the school on
specifically states that you should. Instead, medication should be taken out of its original packaging and mixed with either cat litter or used coffee grounds. This mixture should be placed in a sealed container or bag and thrown out with your regular trash. Make sure you remember to mark out any identifying information on your prescription bottle or remove the label and shred it before throwing away your bottles. For more information, check out these websites: www.fda.gov/consumer/updates/ drug_disposal062308.html http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov/ publications/pdf/prescrip_disposal.pdf Or call your local Walgreens pharmacy. Dr. Erin DeLauder-Brooks is the pharmacy manager of the new Walgreens on Franklin Rd. If you have any pharmacy related questions, feel free to ask her at email@example.com. Veterans Day or send them to the school with your child before November 11th. Toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, jolly ranchers or other hard candies, slim jims, beef jerky, men’s deodorant, foot powder, small packages of baby wipes, small packages of snack cookies, crackers, or snack mix, candy canes, headache medicine, white tube socks, packages of gum, chapstick or lip balm, individually wrapped bars of soap, Christmas cards and letters from your family to them. Thank you for your participation as we honor those who serve.
East End Baptist Church ‘Trunk or Treat’
East End Baptist Church is having their Annual “Trunk or Treat” and Fall Festival on Halloween night from 5pm to 8pm. Along with the “trunk or treat” there will be hayrides, games and a firepit for roasting marshmallows. East End Baptist Church is located on 1030 Mecca St. N.E. Roanoke, Va. 24012 (Behind Jersey Lilys Restaurant on Orange Ave.)
Obituaries LARRY JAMES GRAHAM, 59, of Goodview passed away Wednesday, October 7, 2009. He was born November 26, 1949, the son of the late Raymond H. Graham. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Debra G. Blankenship. When Larry was a teenager he Trusted The Lord and became a member of Connelly Memorial Baptist Church. He graduated from William Byrd Fleming High School. He joined the Air Force and went into Air Traffic Control. He served twelve years and was stationed in Korea. He was involved with saving many lives. When he left the Air Force he came home and went to work for Old Dominion Trucking Company and then went to driving for Advance Auto Parts. He loved to play golf and had lots of friends that loved to travel on golfing trips. He really enjoyed NASCAR racing. Surviving are his mother, Avis G. Lovell and step dad, Troy of Roanoke; step mom, Sylvia M. Graham and Kent Blankenship; four great nephews, Joshua, Tyler, Kabel and Kenneth; great niece, Kelsea. Funeral services were conducted Monday, October 12, 2009 at Lotz Vinton Chapel with Rev. Andy Rice officiating. Interment followed in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park. The family received friends Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mineral Springs Baptist Church Building Fund or to the charity of your choice. Arrangements by Lotz Vinton Chapel. Online condolences at www.lotzfuneralhome.com. ALMEDIA ROBYN HOPE WILHELM, of Roanoke, born January 27, 1957 went to be with Jesus October 6, 2009. She was preceded in death by father and mother, Russell and Eva Wilhelm; sister, Beverly Wilhelm; and brothers, Benjamin, Robert, and Norris. Survivors are sisters, Nellie Austin, Fishersville, Jean Bell, Roanoke, Ellen Campbell, Roanoke, Linda Hurt, Hardy, and Donna Robertson, Franklin County; brothers, Homer Wilhelm, Jacksonville, NC, and Jerry Wilhelm, Richmond; and several nieces and nephews. Special thanks to her nurse, Mrs. Kitty Powers and social worker, Mrs. Debbie Quick Conner, and the Hospice staff from Carilion. Also, special thanks to Dr. Dallas. Funeral services will be conducted 10 a.m. Saturday, October 10, 2009 at Oakey’s Vinton Chapel with Rev. Melvin Harris officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Friday, October 9, 2009 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Oakey’s Vinton Chapel, 982-2221. CARL W. “COCKY” EDWARDS, 89, of Roanoke, passed away Monday, October 5, 2009. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, June Robertson Edwards and his daughter, Kit Carleen Edwards. In addition to his wife and daughter, he is survived by his sisters, Margaret Willis of Roanoke, Ruby Firebaugh and husband, John of Lothian, MD; brother, E. L. Edwards and wife, Margie of Roanoke; brother-in-law, Jack Robertson and wife, Louise of Houston, TX; special family friends, Kathey and Paul Boschert, Shannon Abell; and many loving nieces and nephews. Cocky was a veteran of WWII, serving in the Army for five years in the Pacific Theatre of Operation. He was honorably discharged November 20, 1945. Cocky was a master electrician and worked for Mason H. Littreal Electrical Contractors, The Hamlett Companies, and Southern Limited Electrical Contractors. He was also a member of Garden City Baptist Church. Graveside services will be held at Cedar Lawn Cemetery on Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 11 a.m. with Reverend Christopher Yopp and Reverend Jay Fields officiating. The family will receive friends from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at Oakey’s Vinton Chapel, 982-2221. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to the LOA – Meals on Wheels Program, P.O. Box 14205, Roanoke, VA 24038.
JOAN WILLIAMS BARRINGER COLLINS of Roanoke County, Virginia passed away on Tuesday, October 6, 2009. Born Joan Barbara Williams at Mt. Kisco, New York. She was 76 years of age. Joan was a real estate broker and owned her business in Amsterdam, New York until her retirement. She was married to Raymond J. Barringer and then to Charles E. Collins. She was preceded in death by her 33 year old son, Kenneth Mark Barringer. She is survived by four other children; Scott Raymond Barringer, Martin Peter Barringer, Wendy Barringer Elmore and husband, Brock Elmore, all of New York State, and Brian James Barringer of Goodview, VA; grandchildren, Atlee Barringer of Goodview, VA, Jason Barringer of Murfreesboro, TN, Melissa Barringer Wood and husband, John of Sarasota, FL, Martin Barringer, Jr. and wife, Hang of Bradenton, FL, Douglas Elmore and Davis Elmore of Jamesville, NY and Crystal Barringer Emmons of NY; and several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her dear and cherished friend and companion, Raymond Lee Johnson of Roanoke County. Services will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 9, 2009 at Oakey’s Vinton Chapel with Rev. Craig Rutherford officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at Oakey’s Vinton Chapel, 982-2221. MARIANNA JORDAN, of Roanoke, VA, died Monday, October 5, 2009 at her home surrounded by her family. She is survived by her four children; Scott Hines, Vance Hines, Drue Danz, and Chris Hines; seven grandchildren, Grady, Christopher, Zachary, Madeline, Zoe, Avery, and Ava; brother, Dave O’Hara and wife, Marge; and nieces, Anne and Maureen. Services will be private. Arrangements by Oakey’s Vinton Chapel and Crematory, 982-2221. ROBERT M. (BOB) SMITH, 77, of Jordantown, VA went home to be with the Lord, Monday, October 5, 2009 at Roanoke Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family. He was a master carpenter of 55 years, having built many homes in Bedford County, Roanoke, Vinton, and Salem. He was a past active member of Stewartsville-Chamblissburg Fire and Rescue Squad. He attended Barnhardt Baptist Church. He was predeceased by his parents, Robert Dogan and Susie Trout Smith and a sister, Ethel Smith Tayloe. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Virginia Williams Smith; daughter and son-in-law, Robin and Dewey Goodwin, Vinton; Son, Robert M. (Robbie) Smith, Jr., Roanoke; grandson, Justin Goodwin; three stepgrandchildren, Shana, Wayne and Ashley Goodwin; sister, Mary Lucado and her companion, Bud Lewis, Montvale; his beloved pets, Buddy, Molly, T-Bone, and Sparky; and a number of nieces, nephews, cousins, and good friends. The family would like to thank Dr. Michael Boyd and staff, Dr. Matthew Skelton and the staff of Blue Ridge Cancer Center, and the personnel of Stewartsville Rescue Squad for many responses. Funeral services will be conducted 12 noon Friday, October 9, 2009 at Oakey’s Vinton Chapel with Pastor Joe Peters and Rev. Johnny Basham officiating. Burial will follow in Mountain View Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, October 8, 2009 at Oakey’s Vinton Chapel, 982-2221. The family suggests memorials be made to Stewartsville Rescue Squad or Barnhardt Baptist Church. JAMES A. FIELDER, 88, of Vinton, Va., died on Wednesday, October 7, 2009. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Myrtle R. Fielder; son, Donald E. Fielder; parents Oscar P. and Elsie A. Fielder; five brothers; and four sisters. Surviving are his sister, Pearl F. Kendrick; brother Jay Hugh Fielder; sister, Linda F. Tuck; and numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephew. Funeral services were held at noon on Saturday, October 10, 2009, at Oakey’s Vinton Chapel with Rev. Richard Mallory officiating. Interment followed at Mountain View Cemetery, Vinton with Military Honors. The family received friends on Friday, October 9, 2009, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm at Oakey’s Vinton Chapel, 540-982-2221.
PAULINE (POLLY) GREGORY HOLLOWAY of Vinton, Va, 74, passed away suddenly on Oct 6 2009 of natural causes. She is predeceased by her husband Jim who she loved and cherished for 43 years and also by her parents Otho and Gertrude Gregory. Surviving to enjoy her memory are her son Jim Jr. and wife Tammy of Woodbridge VA, daughters Sharon Hamre and husband Scott of Atlanta GA, Brenda Garrison of Vinton VA, Marilyn Hoggatt and husband Greg of Pensacola Beach FL, grandchildren Erin and Nick Tudor of Vinton VA; sister Louise Davidson of Rogersville TN and brother Bill Gregory and wife Ruth of Kingsport TN. Polly touched so many lives in a positive way and truly made a difference in the world. She spent her whole life in service to others. She had a deep compassion for people and always took an active interest when someone was ill or had a personal tragedy. She was always there. She sincerely cared about her family, her friends, her employees and their families. More than anything she was a loving and thoughtful wife, wonderful mother, grandmother, friend, and sister. She loved and cherished her family with all her heart. Polly attended a one room school house in Tazewell VA, graduated from High School, went to Virginia Polytechnic Institute where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Home Economics, and received a master’s degree in Nutrition. Polly was a professional and her leadership permeated every aspect of her life. She began her career as a Bedford County extension agent, then moved to a teaching position for mentally challenged children and finally was the first school food services supervisor for the Roanoke County School system and remained in her position for 34 years until her retirement in 2000. During her career she started a breakfast program for low income children, developed the first centralized school menu and was affectionately known as “the lunch lady”. She served on the Roanoke County Schools Federal Credit Union Board of Directors and Finance Committee for 32 years and was a member of the National School Food Services Association and the American School Food Services Association throughout her career. She volunteered countless hours with the Alzheimer’s Association and most recently organized all the food donations for the Alzheimer’s Memory Walk. She was very active in the Daughters of the American Revolution, William F. Graves Chapter and the United Daughters of the Confederacy where she served as President for both. Polly was an active member of the Retired Teachers Association where she served most recently as District P Chairman. She was active in the Eastern Star of Vinton recently serving as Secretary, Bird Club, Lions Club and Peacock-Harper Culinary Friends at VPI. She was inducted into the old guard of Va Tech during her 50th class reunion. For 53 years Polly thoroughly enjoyed attending yearly gatherings of her VPI classmates at her dear friend’s farm in Mt Rush VA. Polly loved her church family, Thrasher Memorial United Methodist Church, the Claudine Pedigo Sunday School Class, and Circle One. She also frequently volunteered her time to serve the homeless at a local shelter. She enjoyed the fellowship of the United Methodist Women’s Group and the Roanoke Women’s Connection. Polly was as active a person as any one person can be-traveling the globe to see new places, experiencing new things, never went anywhere she didn’t love, and always came home with new friends. Her travels took her to Europe many times, Africa, China, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and countless trips across the beautiful United States. She loved her many cruises with her family and friends. She had a passion for the arts and actively supported local theater groups. She will be sorely missed by her family, her friends, and all of the lives she touched. In lieu of flowers the Holloway Family would prefer that donations be made to the Roanoke Alzheimer’s Association, 2728 Colonial Ave Suite 2, Roanoke, VA 24015; Pedigo Sunday School Class, 707 E. Washington Avenue, Vinton, VA 24179; or the Peacock-Harper Culinary History Collection at VaTech, Director of Development University Libraries, Newman Library Blacksburg VA 24061 . Funeral services will be held Oct 9th Friday, 1 p.m. at Thrasher Memorial United Methodist Church with the Reverend Lynne Alley-Grant officiating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Roanoke, VA. Visitation will be held at the Oakey’s Vinton Chapel on Oct 8th from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. and on Oct 9th from 10 a.m. to noon at Thrasher Memorial United Methodist Church. A reception celebrating Polly’s life will be held immediately after graveside services in the Jones Hall of Thrasher Memorial United Methodist Church.
Fundraising effort for Veterans Monument marches forward Gene Marrano firstname.lastname@example.org The folks responsible for raising the $400,000 needed to construct a veteran’s monument in the parking lot of the Vinton War Memorial accepted a $3000 grant on Monday morning from the Foundation for Roanoke Valley. It was the first grant (from the Nalva P. Jones Fund for Music and Art) received after writing a proposal for one, and now says Candye Ann Peters, the wheels are turning. “It’s a pretty big deal,” says Peters, noting that several other grant requests had been turned down. $2000 will go towards the fund for the monument – about $300,000 has been raised to date – while another $1300 will help jumpstart an endowment for future maintenance and other needs. That endowment fund can also be used to add the names of future soldiers killed in wars; the monument will list those from World War II on, from Vinton and Roanoke County, that gave their lives so Americans could live safely. Maybe there is more money out there to be had for the well-written proposal, notes the assistant campaign director for the Vinton Vision Committee. Her husband Jason is running for the Vinton District seat on the Roanoke County School Board. (“So far it hasn’t been frantic,” notes Candye Peters – they also have seven children between them). Jason Peters, Norm Jasper, Kathyrn Sowers, Audrey Thrasher, Mary Beth Layman, Mayor Brad Grose, Betty Kelly (a former WAV) and several others have spearheaded the fundraising efforts. More are welcome says Candye Peters, who believes that emphasizing the monument’s historical aspects may be the way to go and can help land future grants. They’ll take a grant-
Photos by Chris Manning (above) and Gene Marrano (right)
ABOVE: The Melva P. Jones organization presents a check for the War Memorial on Monday. RIGHT: Bootie Bell Chewning, Kathryn Sowers and Audrey Thrasher look over the model for the memorial. writing seminar this week as well. “It’s a new ballgame when you get into that.” The Vinton-Roanoke County Veterans Monument, announced in 2006, is, according to a note on the website, “dedicated to the memory of those who have served and those who continue to serve in our country’s Armed Forces.” The design selected from Blacksburg architect Larry Bechtel three years ago was “High Ground,” featuring a star-shaped walkway that will surround and lead to the main part of the monument structure. The billowing flag sculpture that serves as the monument’s centerpiece, sitting on top of a fountain, is currently at a foundry, according to Peters, and some preliminary foundation work
has already taken place. A local company called Hillbilly Pondworks is heading up the effort to assemble the monument, a companion piece to the renovated/expanded Vinton War Memorial building. Peters hopes the Veterans Monument becomes a place where valley residents and visitors will gather to reflect, pay tribute and learn about the ultimate sacrifice, although it is also designed to honor others who served and lived. Brick walkways (donors can buy bricks for $150 and 300 have done so to date) lead to the
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Vinton Museum only deepened and widened my love and appreciation for the town of Vinton, it’s history and it’s citizens. I now remember why this place is so near and dear to many of us Vintonites. I’m not sure if its the sweet southern friendly people, the fact that everybody knows everybody, the annual Dogwood Festival, Teaberry’s chicken salad sandwich and cheesy baked potato soup, the fact that you can’t go anywhere without seeing someone you know, the beautiful War Memorial, the tony downtown streets, or the way everyone chips in to help another Vintonite out. But, I think it might be a combination of all these things and more. My absolute favorite part about this summer was getting to know many of the people that make this town special. I loved working alongside the people at the Vinton Area Chamber of Commerce, like Judy Cunningham, and Mary Beth Layman at the Vinton War Memorial. For instance, allowing me write an article “Our Small Town’s Treasure,” in the August edition of the Vinton Image, the publicity e-mails, Facebook advertisements online and the Fourth of July exhibit. Or, I may love this job so much because I got to spend six out of seven days a week with my grandmother and grandfather, who used to let me eat Oreos all day and watch Scooby Doo. I thoroughly enjoyed reading and hearing about Mr. Meeks’ war stories and life
A letter from Jenna Forbes Dear Members of the Vinton Historical Society, I wanted to personally thank everyone who is involved in this organization. The Vinton Museum is a valuable piece of this town. This summer, I was given the privilege to see the Vinton Museum serve its community. We provided pictures and information to the Vinton Area Chamber of Commerce, as well as a Roanoke County project. We assisted a citizen from Rocky Mount research her family genealogy. Also, Susan Kidd Fleming found a painting of her grandparent’s mill, Gish’s Mill, and she joyfully found her grandparents, uncles and other family member’s names in the voting registration books. We had numerous visitors, who wandered through the museum because it was open. A family stopped by one day and two sisters, who attend William Byrd High School, sat in the old fashioned desks and took silly pictures! We even had a family stop by from Denver, Colorado because the mother’s grandparents always lived in Vinton. There were countless moments like these! Another example is when my
cousins tried on hats and purses in the business room. I hope that these success stories inspire you and remind you of the importance that this society and museum have in this historic town. Thank you for allowing me to work here this summer. I have truly enjoyed rearranging rooms and items because I have learned many interesting facts about our small town that I never knew. Many of the items, such as the Stone Printing Co. items upstairs, I could not even to begin to tell you what they are called and how they were used. This process occurred many times when we were cleaning out the closets, rooms and other spaces when I’d ask. “Grandma, what in the world is this?” or “why do we need this again?” I know she got sick and tired of hearing me nag, “are you really sure we need this?” The importance and use of many items were revealed to me through this reoccurring process! When I graduated from William Byrd High School in 2006, I honestly wanted to get out of town as fast as possible to Charleston Southern University in Charleston, South Carolina. Working at the
•‘GENE’ continued from previous page interior of the monument, which is surrounded by high columns, inscribed with inspirational words. The architectural concrete is also being cast. “Hopefully we can do some of it before the winter,” says Peters. The total brick count is about 600; those interested in buying one can pick up a form at Vinton’s municipal building. An unusually high percentage of the pledges made have been collected to date – about 90, compare to the normal 60-70% says Peters, who is encouraged by the level of participation. “That in itself is incredible.” Each section of the monument also has what she terms a “naming opportunity,” and Roanoke County’s ITT NightVision wrote a check for $25,000 for the flag rights. The effort received an additional boost after the passing of Vinton icon and pharmacist Wallace Cundiff, whose family asked that in lieu of flowers people send donations to the monument fund. Almost $900 was raised as
lessons. And, I won’t ever forget when I realized that the picture on Mr. Meeks’ book was his wife and him. Then, I asked Mrs. Sugar Meeks, “where did y’all go on your honeymoon?” She laughed, and they told me they went to Natural Bridge and that people did not really go on honeymoons back then. This was bizarre to me since I dream of going away to a tropical island, and I go hiking at Natural Bridge twice a year or more. I loved talking to Barbara Hargis about church, family and life, as well as Barbard Dillon about the infamous Pedigo family. I cannot forget to mention our lunch dates with Mr. Lester Cundiff, who traveled down from Pennsylvania and donated many items to the Vinton Museum. There are so many stories that I hope that I remember to pass on to my friends and children one day, like Mr. Lester Cundiff’s mother, the walking Avon lady or the little lady, Aramentta, that everyone loved because of her homemade bread, or the chips that Mr. Upson sold out of his home. Thank you everyone for welcoming me and sharing these stories with me. Once again, thank you all very much for this priceless opportunity. Thank you for your continued support, appreciation and involvement in this town, this organization and the museum. Each of you all has an important role in keeping the history of Vinton alive! I have really loved working here. I hope that you are pleased with the accomplishments that have been made here at the Vinton Museum this summer. Sincerely, Jenna Forbes
a result of that gesture says Peters. Cundiff and Dick Cranwell had been named honorary chairs of the Vision committee. Peters has made the rounds, speaking to local groups about the monument’s four-fold purpose: a place where families can remember loved ones and “come away renewed;” as an educational tool (“a lot of kids don’t know about history,” notes Peters); a place to honor all military veterans and hopefully as a tourist attraction that “would make us part of the … historical loop [in the valley].” Plaques surrounding the interior fountain will feature the names of those from Vinton who have given their lives in time of war; near the outer columns other plaques will honor the fallen from Roanoke County. “Those who serve and have served,” reads an inscription on the outside of the memorial. Peters also calls it the first piece of public art to be commissioned in Vinton. “Word’s getting out,” says Peters, who expects to see more fundraising efforts in Roanoke County soon, beyond the Vinton limits. (See vrcveteransmonument.org for more information and details on how to get involved)
Vinton First Aid Crew celebrates 70th Anniversary Samantha Hoback Contributor This month marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the Vinton First Aid Crew. Founded in 1939, the crew is made up of a diverse group of volunteers that are committed to providing emergency relief to the community. “We have members that are still in their teens, and members in their seventies,” Jacob Watkins, the crew’s Reporter and Historian, said. The Vinton First Aid Crew was created after an incident at Vinton Baptist Church prompted the need for a local response team. The first meeting was held in the basement of the church on October 5, 1939. Under the direction O.P. Shilling, seventeen members completed the Advanced First Aid Certificate examination and became the first members of the Vinton First Aid Crew. To become a member, volunteers receive 690 hours of basic training, which includes 100 hours of EMT training, 90 hours of Shock Trauma, 200 hours of Cardiac Tech. and 300 hours of Paramedic training. Some members are trained in other areas, such as Vehicle Extrication and Haz-Mat. Today, the Vinton First Aid Crew covers
a large area of Roanoke County, including the The crew works as first aid responders within Town of Vinton, Mount Pleasant, Bonsack, the coverage areas, and it also serves as standby Hollins and Bedford County. The organization units at sporting events, town festivals, parades is lead by Chief Doug Adams and consists of and other events. over forty members. “Most members are from Like the community in which these Vinton, or very close by,” Watkins said. “We volunteers serve, the environment within have volunteers as far away as Bedford County, the Vinton First Aid Crew is close-knit and though, that come to Vinton to volunteer their supportive. “Everyone gets along very well,” time to the crew.” Watkins said. “It’s just like a large family.” The organization, which is funded by A good relationship among the members is donations from the community, is incorporated vital to a successful emergency response team. with the State Corporation Commission. Each “It’s essential to remain close and have good year, the crew hosts an Annual Fund Drive to working conditions, since we trust our lives to each other sometimes,” raise money to help fund Watkins said. equipment, training and As the organization medical supplies. “We have members that celebrates seventy years Located on Jackson are still in their teens, and serving the Town of Vinton Avenue, the recently and Roanoke County, renovated facility houses members in their seventies.” it continues to dedicate all of the crew’s equipment: itself to taking care of the four ambulances, a crash community. The Vinton truck, two carry alls, two First Aid Crew was recently certified as an rescue boats and a special operations trailer. “Being one of the largest active stations, we American Safety and Health Institute training needed more room than what the old building center, and it will begin teaching public classes, could provide,” Watkins said. “Sometimes we such as CPR and First Aid. “We have no signs of slowing down,” have over seven people on duty, and it is very nice to have the room to accommodate all of Watkins said. For more information or to access the crew.” The Vinton First Aid crew is one of the the ASHI Training Center Registration, most active squads in the country with one of visit the Vinton First Aid Crew Web site at the largest volunteer crews in Roanoke County. www.vintonems.com.
One More Thing
Dale Russell, MBA email@example.com Hey everyone…Thanks for coming back again this week. I did have just a few more things to mention to you about taxes that we didn’t cover last week. By the time you are reading this week you will have precious few hours…yes, HOURS to file your Form 1040 if you filed for the extension. If you have already filed or if you didn’t bother with the extension and filed in April, then it’s time to think about a few other tax related items. September 15 marked the due date for the third quarter estimated payment which also marks the time you need to begin getting organized for the your 2009 return filing. You need to begin thinking about where you are going to have your returns completed or if you are going to try to do them yourself. Remember, no matter who you “engage” to perform this task, it is ultimately YOUR responsibility to know what being reported on your return and agree under the penalty of perjury that to the best of your knowledge the return and everything on it is accurate. What should you do to get organized? Why should you get organized? The biggest and most compelling reason is that if you just take your box of various receipts into your local tax professional, you should expect to pay an
hourly fee for “bookkeeping” services. If you plan on doing your returns yourself, getting better organized will save you valuable time and stress. The first thing you need to do is make a plan. Review your prior year return and determine what changes will take/have taken place this year that didn’t happen last year. Review your federal and state withholding. Go back to last week’s Voice for the federal and state websites to check withholding and project what your withholding should be for this year. If you determine that you need to increase your withholding then you can fill out a brand new W-4 form with the same number of exemptions but fill in the line for additional taxes to be withheld. Make it an even number just for simple math, just remember that if you withhold too much you will get it back when you file. Keeping that in mind, did you itemize last year? Could you itemize this year? Most folks don’t know from one year to the next if they can. Itemized deductions is an either/or proposition so if you can, you should. The first thing you should do to get organized for the itemized deductions is to go to www.irs.gov and print out a Form 1040/ Schedule A. That form will tell you that you need to pull together the following pieces of information with receipts/cancelled checks attached. 1. Medical expenses. This includes any medical/dental/optical doctor and service expenses you paid out of pocket for. Items that you were reimbursed for through insurance or other exceptions should not be included in this total. Prescriptions and medical insurance premiums are also included in this number. If you received any medical treatments out of town, there is the possibility of a travel expense deduction which could include lodging, meals, and mileage. Check with your tax professional
for further guidance in this area. 2. Taxes paid. This includes real estate taxes, personal property taxes, and state taxes. 3. Mortgage interest paid. This is usually a big one for most folks. Keep in mind that this area and one other will receive special scrutiny this upcoming year because the IRS has discovered that some folks have abused this deduction. So, make sure these entries are absolutely accurate and reinforced by a Form 1098. 4. Casualty and theft losses…too much to detail here. If you think you have something, call your tax professional and ask. 5. Charitable deductions. Here is the second item on your return that will receive special attention. Make sure that ALL your charitable contributions have receipts or cancelled checks. If you donate an automobile or your non-cash contribution is in excess of $500 then there are additional forms that must be completed and all must be supported by receipts. Again, consult your tax professional for guidance on this. 6. Miscellaneous deductions…like Casualty and Theft losses, too many things to list in this article so check with your tax pro for guidance or go to the IRS site for the Form 1040 Schedule A & B Instructions that talks about all available itemized deductions as well as the miscellaneous deductions. The moral of the story is that the better prepared you are going in to your tax professionals office then the better off you will be. Take the time to get “your ducks in a row” and you will keep more of your “bucks” in your pocket. Hey, thanks for dropping by again. I didn’t have the space this to include any e-mail questions, so I’ll do a double shot next week… Thanks for the great questions and comments, I enjoy reading them all. Keep ‘em coming to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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BY JUDY CUNNINGHAM VINTON AREA CHAMBER
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The 2009 Vinton Fall Fe Streets were blocked and c of rain occasionally durin crowds of 9,000-10,000 a off to an early start with underway. The 5K run/w competing for the finish lin A variety of activities Doggy Pageant continuing this year was the â€˜Monster alike with the line growing More than 100 vendor showcase and some healt 2010. Food vendors offe taste throughout the festiv
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Beside fun activities, the festival offered many educational opportunities such as a Civil War Encampment, Safety Awareness activities provided by the Vinton Police and Fire Departments, Mission Nutrition and the Master Gardeners. The Children’s Area was popular for all ages with new attractions every year, with Balloon Dude Travis being a big hit with everyone. Suggestions for the 2010 Vinton Fall Festival, scheduled for Saturday, October 9, are welcome. Let us know your favorite and what else you would like to have at the Fall Festival by contacting the Vinton Area Chamber of Commerce at 540-343-1364 or email@example.com. Vendors may register now for the 2010 festival and volunteers are always needed for the festival. If you are interested in becoming involved, contact the Chamber office.
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A performer in Dr.Pain’s Revenge • Photo by Chris Manning
Byrd grad having a scare of a good time Chris Manning Publisher 2001 William Byrd graduate Chrystal Allison and her husband Troy Faries are bringing a true “fright night” to the Roanoke Valley. Chrystal and Troy are the masterminds behind “Dr. Pain’s Haunted Asylum,” a haunted house started in 2003. “We just wanted something fun to do, we didn’t really expect to make any money off of this” Allison remembers. Six years later, they have arguably, one of the premier scare attractions in the Valley. It’s more than just people in scary mask and chainsaws (although they do have someone with a power saw) this is entertainment and they refer to their workers as “performers.” The performers have to audition and if you didn’t know any better, you’d think you were in a horror movie as opposed to an attraction. The sets, including mock tortures and an electrocution are as realistic as you can get. That is thanks to Allison and Faries’ commitment to their craft, “we have props and costumes and we’ve gone to conventions and are part of the Virginia Haunt Festival” remarks Allison. This year’s attraction is named “Dr. Pain’s Revenge” and is in a new, temporary location at 5217 Williamson Rd and is a 5,000 square foot “tour given by Dr. Pain.” They had to move after taking a year off because, according to Allison, “we outgrew our last building.” They are always trying to outdo their last performance and according to their press release, returning customers can expect “even more surprises.” Allison, a former Vinton resident, sees big things in Dr. Pain’s future, including expanding even more, “we’d like to buy some land and just drop a steel building on there and create something that we can do inside and outside and make it permanent.” The only thing permanent they’d like is the location, because they always want to do different things to keep attracting what she calls “a loyal customer base.” That customer base also includes the younger crowd, who normally might not be ready for something quite as extreme as Dr. Pain’s, as they have a “Kid’s Scare” several times throughout the Halloween season. For more information, including a schedule and directions, please visit www.drpainshauntedasylum.com.
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Danae Wensley and Anita McMillan Town of Vinton Reading about things like stormwater can be boring… until you need the information. Stormwater pollution is a serious problem that can adversely affect plants, fish, animals and people. But if everyone does their part, stormwater pollution can be controlled. Pollutants come in many forms, including fertilizers, litter, automobile fluids, pet wastes, soaps, grass clippings, etc. After a storm, the runoff flows to the nearest storm drain and discharges into streams, rivers, lakes and eventually the ocean, without any treatment to remove these pollutants. As a result, land animals and people can become sick or die from eating diseased fish or ingesting polluted water, and hazardous household wastes (insecticides, paint, motor oil, etc.) can poison aquatic life. The Town of Vinton has developed a comprehensive and proactive Stormwater Management Program, built upon a foundation of cooperation with adjoining Roanoke Valley governments. The program places strong emphasis on K-12 education, as well as adult and professional training
in cooperation with Clean Valley Council. The plan also includes an assessment of the storm sewer system, including drainage system mapping, stream inventory, drainage system maintenance and an in-house education/training component. The Town also plans to begin assessing water quality during site design and review. But what can you, the normal citizen, do to reduce stormwater pollution? The most effective thing is to prevent pollutants from entering the storm sewer system in the first place. By making responsible decisions about what enters the system upstream, we can improve water quality and downstream aquatic habitats. The following hints will help us protect and raise awareness about water quality. • Prevent litter. Bag all trash before placing it in receptacles so it doesn’t blow away and become litter. Extinguish cigarette butts in ash cans or ashtrays, not on the ground. • Fertilize in the fall. Fall, not spring, is the best time to fertilize because the nutrients have more time to enter the soil and be used by the plants. There is also less chance of hard rainstorms, which wash away most of the fertilizer before it is absorbed. • Use pesticides and fertilizers sparingly. Use organic mulch or safer pest control methods whenever possible. When pesticide use is necessary, use only the recommended amounts. • Don’t leave compost, mulch or yard waste in the street and don’t sweep it into storm drains or streams. Cover piles of dirt or mulch being used in landscaping projects. • Be a pooper-scooper. Leaving pet waste on the ground increases public health risks by allowing harmful bacteria and nutrients to wash into the storm drain and eventually into local bodies of water. Flushing pet waste is the best disposal method. • Go on a stream walk in your
Photos by Chris Lawrence ABOVE: Over 500 volunteers reported for duty on Fall Waterways Cleanup, held on October 3. The Resource Authority received more than 21 tons of waste. BOTTOM LEFT: Mayor Brad Grose and a member of Pathfinders for Greenways picking up trash along Tinker Creek Highway.
neighborhood to assess where problems might occur. Organize a cleanup or learn to monitor your stream for changes that might affect the water quality. To contact the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Adopt-A-Stream coordinator, call 1-877-42WATER, or visit their website at www.dcr.virginia.gov. • Participate in the Annual Clean Valley Day and Fall Waterways Cleanup by calling Clean Valley Council at 540-345-5523 or visit their website at www.cleanvalley.org. This year’s Fall Waterways Cleanup was held on October 3. There were over five hundred volunteers in attendance, and the Resource Authority received more than twenty-one tons of waste. • Landscape your home with conservation in mind. Use native plants that require less maintenance and help hold soil in place, plant trees, seed bare spots in your yard to prevent erosion and make sure the hard surfaces in your yard are permeable (wood, brick, concrete, etc). To contact the Planning and Zoning Department, please call (540) 983-0601. For more information about the Town of Vinton, please visit our website at www.vintonva.gov or become a fan on Facebook (search for Vinton).
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Everybody reads the Voice Young, old and chipmunk alike, Everybody was reading Issue 7 of the Voice this past weekend at the Vinton Fall Festival. Who else was reading it? Look no furthur than the cover of this issue to see the Mayberry Deputy taking a break from writing tickets to see what is going on in Vinton. Photos by Danny Cruff
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Double Dose of Pumpkin Pumpkin Dip 2 cups pumpkin puree 1 cup dark brown sugar 2 tsp ground cinnamon 1/8 tsp ground cloves 1/2 tsp ground ginger 1 (8 oz) cream cheese, softened 1/4 tsp grated nutmeg Sugar and spice roasted pumpkin seeds 1 C pumpkin seeds 1 T melted butter or veg oil 1 T sugar, or more to taste 1 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp nutmeg 1/8 tsp allspice
Directions Cream together pumpkin and cream cheese. Add all other ingredients until well blended. Refrigerate overnight. Serve with ginger snaps and graham crackers.
Directions Rinse seeds well and get as much pumpkin pulp off of them as possible. Pat dry with paper towel. Toss seeds with butter, sugar, and spices. Spread coated seeds in a shallow baking sheet lined in aluminum foil. Bake at 350 for about 45-60 mins or until brown and crunchy. Turn them from time to time while baking!!
Frances Huffaker and Bootie (Great Grandmas) Yes GREAT, Kikki Pritt, Amy Laughon, Theresa Morgan, Suzanne Bell, Angie C, Lewis and Kalee Thompson (Aunt). The trick was finding small enough clothes for the tiny one. Congrats ! To all. Janet NO spoiling. Don’t forget the Talent show coming up Sunday Oct. 25 at Vinton Baptist Church. Lots of great talent and it’s all to support Our Vinton History Museum. Tell all your friends and neighbors and come on down. We are going to have a foot stomping good time. Ya! Hear!!!! Angie is another year older!! How does that happen when I don’t feel any older?? Angie’s 42nd birthday party was held last weekend at the home of Greg Boitnott. Greg, it’s about time it’s your house and not mine!! Or Dale and Kim’s, right Dale?? Angie is so glad to be home and have so many old and new friends to celebrate with. The night started out with dinner being prepared for Alison Disher and Wesley Brugh as they headed to WBHS Homecoming Dance. Abbie Lewis and Elena Boitnott were their waitresses all dress up in their matching Chinese outfits. After dinner was served and the couple headed off to the dance. Angie’s celebration started, those helping her were Melissa Hall, Tammy and Don Halliwill, Danielle and Jay Brown, Chris McCarty, Sabrina Weeks, Kim and Dale Barker, Lisa Hambrick, Candie and Richie Tomlinson, Pat and Jennifer Gobble, Angie and David Burton, Charlene Nance, Glenn Griffin, Kathleen Dooley and Mark, Jim Moore- in from Raleigh, Darren Yeatts, Rebecca Arbogast, Allyson Goin, Nicole Adams, Steve Bell, Brandi Tinsley, Mary Johnson, Kelley and Todd Hambrick and Kayla and Shawn Hambrick, Atia Williams, Lynn Chittum, Jennifer Hayslett and Josh Matthews, Lori Moore and of course I made an appearance after my reunion.
Chris Monroe Contributor There are Christian mission opportunities available to individuals of all ages around the Roanoke valley. Allison Peters, a local Vintonite, traveled to Kenya last summer with a group of students from Virginia Tech. They joined up with the Virginia Baptist Mission Board who has an ongoing partnership for missions and outreach with various Christian organizations and Kenyan Baptists. Allison was one of eight college students that participated in the mission project. Their adventure began with a weekend of team building with their leader and coordinator Rev. Milissa Cheliras, Associate Pastor of Virginia Tech’s Collegiate Student Ministries. Once introductions were made and the scope of the project was presented, the group was off to Nairobi, Kenya. Their first assignment was to organize and feed children, who were living on the streets. They made dozens of butter sandwiches and gallons of chi tea. At the early hour of 4:30 am, they were off to discover that there were hundreds of individuals living on the streets of Nairobi. In the area where they set up their table, so many came that they began cutting the sandwiches into small squares to insure that everyone would receive something to eat. Allison predicted that over 130 hungry children and adults came seeking the small amounts of nourishment. Each person who came was invited to attend “A Great Feast” in the park the next day. The mission team prepared a beef soup the next morning. Over 300 came to the feast. They played games, ate and shared stories of Christ and his teachings. Peters’ exclaimed that “it was one of the most spiritually rewarding days of my life.” I was able to help satisfy physical and spiritual hunger expressed by the many that came to participate. “I
will never forget that day,” Peters said. From Nairobi, the group traveled to Kibera Slum just 5 kilometers south of the heart of the city. It is the 2nd largest urban slum in all of Africa. More than 1 million people are proposed to live in the 1 square mile area of mostly shanties. There is no running water or viable waste disposal in the slum. Yet, Peters found the children to be happy and welcoming to their group. She reports that they enjoyed practicing their English and stroking her strands of golden blonde hair. Peters shared bible stories with the children and gave out food. The coordinators declared that “It is a good day if the children eat. Your group has given the boys and girls a very good day.” The final portion of Peters’ trip took her to Kisumu, the third largest city in Kenya. The team was given the charge to go out into the neighborhoods and visit the people door to door. They made numerous visits to widows. Many of these women have nothing of value and depend on the kindness of strangers and neighbors for their basic needs. Peters reported that group members prayed with many of the residents. However, one resident, Betty, remains precious to Allison as she reflected on their meeting. As we were sharing and talking through our translator, Betty said, “I am ready to receive Christ as my Lord.” Peter’s reflected that she prayed the sinner’s prayer and Betty asked Jesus to be the Lord of her life. Another young man that Peter’s remembers fondly was called Michael. “He wanted me to read the Bible to him,” said Peters. “He had many questions about faith and was really struggling to find peace in his life concerning the circumstances that surrounded him.” She says that she continues to pray for him daily. While in Kisumu Peters and her mission team spent time working with the chaplains of a local hospital, holding medical clinics to vaccinate
children against disease, and even assisted in a local rummage sale to benefit the hospital. One unexpected surprise for the group of missionaries was getting to meet “Mama Sarah,” who is President Barrack Obama’s grandmother. The group was taken to her home and personally introduced. The Obamas in Kenya, who are related to the U.S. President, have become national celebrities. Peters, reflecting on the brief visit, said that she found “Mama Sarah” to be a humble and quietly elegant lady. Allison said, “of all the mission trips I have been privileged to take part in, the Kenya experience has forever changed my heart.” She says that every mission experience had affected her and caused her to grow as a Christian. But, most of the previous mission trips had been about building, singing, or sharing in different ways. She felt that this trip was more about
building relationships and that she formed some lifetime bonds while in Kenya. With a large smile on her face, she told me stories about Phillip her driver and translator. She reminisced about a young man named Joseph who posed many questions about faith and justice to her. And, she spoke of her prayers and dreams for Betty to grow as a Christian. I asked Allison if she would like to return to Kenya. With a nostalgic twinkle in her eye she said without wavering: “Absolutely! I hope I can return to Kenya sometime.” Until she can make that dream come true, she has vowed to stay in contact with those who have email. I think Allison gleaned one of the most important elements of ministry while in Kenya- It is all about the relationships one builds. We are glad to have Allison home and are inspired by her courage during this amazing journey.
Introducing Danny Cruff You have a pretty darn good “day job” what made you take up photography? It’s fun! I love capturing that one moment in time, when you look at it a year later; it keys all of your memories of the event. You can remember the smell of the grass, the sounds the crowd was making, how the bat felt in your hands, even how grouchy the coach was that day. Pictures can be very powerful in that they can transport you back in time. I’ve always loved capturing my kids and friends, to the point it’s become aggravating to them at times. Both of my children have their “dad’s taking a picture” smile that they paste on their face when I have the camera up. What are your long term goals with photography? It would be great to have Danny Cruff Photography as my “day job,” with a studio here in town, but still going out to the games and other things. I don’t think I would be as happy just doing studio photos. Sports events are way too exciting to give up photographing. One of the things I’m most excited about in the future is seeing the kids I’m photographing now as they grow; watching the middle school football players become the Varsity players, the recreation players progress to middle school. What attracted you to working with the Voice? It’s exciting to be part of something new, especially when it has generated as much buzz as the “Voice” has. So, when Chris asked if I’d be interested in contributing, I knew it was the right thing to do. The Voice has given me a forum to show off my work to a lot of people and become part of that buzz. What are your favorite things to photograph? Of course, photographing my kids tops the list. I’ve always taken tons of pictures of them. They have played a big part in my refining my photography skills. If it weren’t for them, I may not be doing this in the first place. I really enjoy taking sports photos, children especially. I’m most proud of my photos where the child has the look of a pro in their eyes while making a block, or throwing someone out at first. Taking scenery or nature photos are very relaxing to me. When I need to get away, I’ll find somewhere to take a walk and take a few photos. I’ve also surprised myself at how much I enjoy taking pictures of insects. I’m not sure why, but I have been fascinated with getting the perfect bee photo for the last few months. But, that will have to wait until the weather warms up in Spring. How has your hometown shaped who you are? I split my childhood between Salem and southeast Roanoke. So, I like to think I’ve had a wide variety of experiences between the two.
Single or Married? I’ve been married for 10 years to my wonderful wife, Amy. Amy and I met in high school and were friends for years before dating. We moved to Vinton almost 9 years ago. Children? Danny (not a junior) is my oldest, he is 9. I believe my athletic abilities skipped my generation and landed all on him. I’m very proud at how hard he tries and the student of the game he has become in football and baseball. He also likes to tag along with me doing sports shoots. Rachel is my youngest at 6. Very shy at first, she is my little tomboy. Rachel has eyes on playing sports with the boys. She has me wrapped around her little finger.
What do you do in your spare time? I’m a pack-rat. I collect video games. Mostly the console games; I have everything from an old Atari 2600 up to an XBOX 360 and tons in between. I have also collected baseball cards since I was 10. After trying to quit more than once, I am ready to admit I have a problem with opening packs of trading cards. I also love going to thrift shops and yard sales; they help feed my collections. Those few precious weeks between rec baseball and football are one of my favorite times of the year because I’m able to go to yard sales. Favorite Movies? I’m not a huge movie buff. My favorite of all time is The Never Ending Story. It has to be the best children’s movie of all time. I can’t help but be transported back to when I was my kids’ age when I watch it. What is your “soundtrack” song? This has been the hardest question of all. I’m sure this question will be the one that catches me the most flack with my friends. Ultimately, my pick is “Homies” by ICP. It’s a great song about friends, and how those close friends you have are your family, too. And, you should look after those friends like they are your family, because in the end they are there for you, too. I’ve always said that my closet friends are like brothers and sisters to me, so this song parallels my way of thinking.
Living in Vinton now, I’m hoping my children will be shaped by the small-town feel here. I really like the feeling of family there is here. The kids I coached three years ago in football or t-ball are still like “my” kids to me, and I see that from the other parents and coaches, too. We all cheer for each other’s kids and look after them. Not only that we support each other. It’s been great to receive all of the support from folks here in town. It makes me feel like I’m not alone, but I’ve got a town full of people behind me routing me on.
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Teens Discover Dangers of Drinking and Texting While Driving Joey Bennett Terrier Times Staff Driving under the influence is a well documented danger on the nation’s roadways, but texting on a cell phone is an emerging destructive force behind the wheel. Students discovered this reality during a demonstration of the effects of alcohol and texting on driving provided by the Roanoke County Police, who brought DUI Goggles and the DUI golf cart to the William Byrd High School parking lot last week. DUI Goggles, often referred to as “beer goggles”, simulate the effects of alcohol on vision. With the goggles, students drove the DUI golf cart and tried to make it through a course of orange cones. “It is really effective,” said WBHS teacher and baseball coach David Mitchell, who coordinated the event. While driving under the influence of the goggles was hard enough, students were also asked to drive without them but to text their name while going through the course. Students found it almost twice as hard to navigate while texting instead of with the goggles. “It was hard to coordinate,” said WBHS junior Tyrell Vaughn. “I knocked down about 20 cones when I was texting and 10 when I had the goggles on. Texting was harder.” For three years now, the program has been a success. “I can go in a class room and a week later kids won’t remember what I said,” Officer Tim Wyatt said. But “with the golf cart I can go back two years from now and they’ll remember it because it’s cool and hands on.” Even without factors such as drinking or texting while driving, Wyatt said teens are more susceptible to auto crashes. “Six percent of drivers are teens and they make up one-third of all crashes,” Wyatt said. Both Wyatt and Mitchell hoped that students’ memories of their experience will keep teens safer by making them stop and think before engaging in risky behavior behind the wheel.
Flu Makes Strong Early Appearance at William Byrd Evan Nicely Terrier Times Staff The lines at the nurse’s office have been longer and the lines in the lunch room have been shorter. That’s the result of an earlier than normal flu outbreak that has combined with the normal run of fall illnesses at William Byrd High School. “In all my years as a school nurse I can’t remember ever having cases of the flu this early,” said Rike Shores, the school nurse at WBHS. The flu season “typically starts around January” Shores said. Not only has it the flu hit early, it has hit hard. Shores recently sent home over 40 kids from her office just in a three-day period with a fever she said was “indicative of the flu or swine flu.” According to www.cdc.gov “the symptoms of 2009 H1N1 flu virus in people include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea. People may be infected with the flu, including 2009 H1N1 and have respiratory symptoms without a fever.” The normal cases of colds, respiratory infections, sore throats and runny noses are combining with the flu to cause higher than normal absences. The recent outbreak of the H1N1 virus, otherwise known as the Swine Flu, is worrisome because it targets a younger population. While no data was available for total absences, there were signs such as larger than normal stacks of absentee cards turned in during the morning homerooms, empty seats in classrooms and smaller crowds during lunch. “It seems like almost everyone is missing,” said Dylan Hoos, a senior. Missing school means making up school work and that has put stress on teachers and students. “It’s hard trying to organize times for kids to come in and get make-up work done. Instead of just being able to tell a student to come in on Tuesday morning or Wednesday afternoon, I’m having five to fifteen kids come in at a time. I have a lot of 0’s in my grade book from missing assignments and it’s been pretty hectic getting them all caught up,” said Byron Owen, a Spanish instructor. Of course the make-up work only comes when students return to school and are feeling better. For those students and people with the
flu, there’s not a whole lot of relief. Often people that are sent to the doctor’s office are required to wear a mask in the waiting area as well as the entire building to prevent spreading it. “A lot of doctors aren’t testing, or handing out Tamiflu because they’re saving it for people with underlying health issues as well as the sheer number of patients they’re seeing and trying to get efficiently in and out of the office,” said Shores, who would like to see the testing done herself but understands the situation doctors are in. What doctors are giving out are simple instructions, Shores said. Take Tylenol, Advil, or Ibuprofen to help with fever and other symptoms. Also, if you believe you have the flu, wear a mask around the house or wherever you go to prevent the spread of the virus to family members as well as the community. If caught early, Tamiflu can help prevent the symptoms, but in most cases victims just have to ride it out as it usually takes around a week to clear up. As far as vaccines go, Roanoke County Public Schools is stepping up to help prevent the spread of H1N1. They are offering free vaccinations to their staff and students. The forms for that were stated in the newsletter sent home with students last week as being “available soon” and that the vaccines will be given “over the next several weeks.” Teachers and students have been taking steps to prevent the flu on a daily basis. Mrs. Cristy Spencer, a history teacher at WBHS, makes sure she comes to school prepared to fight the flu and other illnesses. “I come equipped with hand sanitizer, Clorox wipes, and I always acknowledge students who sneeze and cough with good form in a positive way,” she said. Owen also takes preventative steps. “I make sure I use hand sanitizer whenever I touch a doorknob or something like that, I’m almost paranoid about it,” he said. For students, hand sanitizer has become as commonplace as pens and pencils. “I’m terribly worried about getting sick, that’s why I always use my hand sanitizer,” said senior Brittany Lane. Another senior, Aaron Kasey said that the simple steps he takes to prevent getting sick is just, “keeping my hands washed and just trying to be sanitized.” There are also plenty of other steps that can be taken regularly in order to prevent flu or other illnesses. Shores said that washing hands regularly, covering the mouth with elbows when coughing and wearing a medical mask. She said that people should also avoid touching their face, stay at home when sick instead of coming to school.
Photo by Danny Cruff RIGHT: The Vinton PW Terriers battle the Bulldogs on October 10.
Photo by Danny Cruff
Photo by Dan Vance
Photo by Danny Cruff
BELOW: Vinton Wild Things versus Blaze soccer from last Monday, October 5.
Photo by Danny Cruff
ABOVE: Rachel Dill knocks home a shot in last Tuesdayâ€™s Byrd JV match with Staunton River.
ABOVE: A Vinton Hokies player throws in a ball during the Oct. 5 contest with the Fire.
RIGHT: The Vinton Hokies and Fire battle it out Oct. 5.
Photo by Dan Vance
Photo by Danny Cruff
Photo by Dan Vance
LEFT: Byrd sophomore Macie Hoback blocks a shot last Tuesday vs. Staunton River.
ABOVE: Kroger Cup soccer from last week. ABOVE: Jacob Clifton checks with the home plate umpire in game one of a William Byrd fall ball double-header with Patrick Henry High School last Wednesday night. Byrd fell 10-8 in game one, but took out Patrick Henry, 5-4, in the second game.
Byrd volleyball gets another District win in unusual week Dan Vance Editor-in-Chief
Photo by Dan Vance Senior Laura Belcher digs up a ball in last week’s 3-0 win over Staunton River.
A key victory and seven days off will lead coach Amanda Stump and the Lady Terriers forward to tomorrow night’s match at Northside. Byrd defeated the visiting Staunton River 3-0 last Tuesday night, saw their Thursday game postponed and were not scheduled to play Tuesday to lead to the strange break in play. Thursday’s game at Alleghany was postponed due to the illness going through Byrd the school said. It will be made up on October 29. Byrd also plays Alleghany at home days earlier on October 27’s Senior Night. “Having a week “off” can be good and bad. We definitly don’t want to practice together if we are all sick so it is a balancing act. We will get back into things this week and hopefully we will be blessed enough to be as close to 100% as a program as possible by Thursday,” said coach Amanda Stump. Last Tuesday’s contest was critical in rebounding from a District loss at Lord Botetourt and the Lady Terriers did not disappoint. Byrd jumped out to a 13-5 first set lead partially on the service of sophomore Nicole Frey, before Staunton River clawed their
COACHING DIARY PART V Its an exciting time at William Byrd. The football team is coming off a big homecoming win again Patrick County, and they will be starting district play this week. The volleyball team has been on a roll, starting district play with a 2-1 record, after a big win against Staunton River. We need to support these kids in the next couple of weeks, and see them win some big district games. The football team hosts Northside this Friday night, and the volleyball team has “Pack the Gym” night on October 20th. As for the baseball team, we are excited about the fundraising golf tournament we will be hosting on October 25th. Teams are starting to sign up, and we are getting many great prizes donated. Anyone interested in playing in the tournament can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Fall baseball is going well. A lot of baseball fans are coming out to Terrier Field to watch the kids play, and we would like to invite everyone out for a double header on Sunday, at 2:00, against Staunton River.
Byrd coach Highfill wins Merit Award At last week’s VHSL meetings held in Charlottesville, VA Coach Jeff Highfill was awarded the Region III Award of Merit. This award was presented to Coach Highfill for his contributions to William Byrd High School as football and boy’s soccer coach.
way back in a toughly contested first game. The Eagles tied the game at 22, with the ball weaving past a diving dig attempt from Laura Belcher. But Samantha Webster was big again for Byrd, seeing her game point shot blocked right back at her, to which she responded with an impacting kill to win 25-23. Byrd again jumped out early in game two on Eagle mishandling, but ill-excepted touch calls let Staunton River climb back into the game, 1110. Byrd answered again, pulling up 19-17 on a kill by Alison Disher after a big dig from Kayla Mabe. The Eagles never pulled closer and fell 25-20. Byrd closed the match out with a 25-19 win in the third. Webster led with 14 kills, four aces and three blocks. Candace Brady dug up 13 balls and dished out 12 assists, while Frey and Sierra Spain combined for another 12 assists. Macie Hoback had seven blocks and five kills. Sarah Vipperman and Alison Disher each had four kills. Byrd got help from many players in the rotation who have been less used off the bench this year. Included in that were Frey, who started at setter, and Ashley Minton, a junior who also started. “Ashley has come very far this season in transitioning from a setter position to a Defensive Specialist position,” Stump said. “She really is a bright light on our team and has a very positive attitude.”
Byrd grad named to JuCo Hall of Fame When the NJCAA Football Coaches Association announced the inductees of the class of 2009 hall of fame class, there was a familiar name on the list for Vinton residents. Former William Byrd player Paul E. Hartsel was the lone player selected in this year’s class, along with two former coaches and a former national championship team. Hartsel will be honored on Saturday, October 31 at Fort Scott Community College during halftime of the FSCC/Butler Community College football game. Hartsel played for the Fort Scott Greyhounds during the 1964 and 1965 seasons as an offensive guard and defensive lineman. During these two seasons he was unanimously chosen as All Conference, on both sides of the ball. In 1964 Paul was selected to the NJCAA All American First Team and in 1965 was NJCAA All American Honorable Mention. After his playing days at Fort Scott Juco was over Hartsel went to the University of Miami (Florida) in 1966 and 1967 where he played defensive end and lettered in 1996. Prior to going to Fort Scott Community College, Hartsel attended William Byrd where he lettered four years in football and was selected to the All State team in Virginia in 1963. After his football career was complete, Hartsel coached high school football for two years in Roanoke County and taught physical education at Roanoke County Schools for 33 years. Paul and his wife Bonnie, currently live in Vinton.
Photos from Battle at Byrd
submitted by Andrea Lafferty
Chris Manning Publisher The “Battle at Byrd” cheerleading competition was a hit for the second year in a row. This was an event designed to raise money for breast cancer research. The opening ceremonies started at 12: 30, the Terrier gym was packed and it was an action packed afternoon starting with the Cheer Storm Tornadoes at 1:00 pm, followed by nearly 5 hours of cheer action from around twenty teams, until the 5time state champion William Byrd Terrier Varsity squad took the floor. The Terrier team dazzled the crowd with their routine and sent everyone home amazed. The gym and parts of the school were decorated in pink balloons, pink ribbons,
a scarecrow in pink and there was a swarm of pink t-shirts in the crowd, all “4 the cure.” At the time of our deadline, there wasn’t a definite answer on the total amount, but according to Byrd AD Crystal Worley, “a significant contribution will be made to the Susan Komen fund.” Mark your calendars, because plans are already in place for the 3rd “Battle at Byrd” October 2nd, 2010. Director Lanny West was very proud to be a part of the event and was pleased with the success “all the numbers from last year were up, the number of teams, the ticket sales, the concessions, it was a good day.” West was also excited about the turnout “there was a big rotating crowd all day long.” He plans to present a check to the Komen fund within the next two to three weeks once all the numbers are tallied.
Photos by Chris Manning
Battle at Byrd: Second Annual event a success
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The eighth issue of the Voice features the Annual Vinton Fall Festival on the cover with the Mayberry Deputy among other Fall Festival featu...